Exploring Our Communities
Victoria, the beautiful capital of BC, nestled down on the southernmost end of Vancouver Island is a rare city. With a blend of old-world charm and forward-thinking urban development, Victoria provides a small-town atmosphere with all the conveniences of a cosmopolitan city. Add to that the temperate climate and year-round outdoor recreation, the vibrant artistic community, world class restaurants, fascinating museums and heritage sites and you won’t have to wonder why Victoria ranks as one of the most desirable global real estate markets to invest in.
There are many areas and neighbourhoods that make up Greater Victoria, each with their own unique characteristics. Whether you’re looking for a luxury urban property, an oceanfront architectural masterpiece, or an acreage to build a custom pastoral estate, James Leblanc can help guide and advise you every step of the way.
Designed in 1907 and located near the beautiful neighbourhoods of Oak Bay and Cadboro Bay, Uplands is a heritage, garden suburb. Created by John Olmsterad, a celebrated designer responsible for many upscale neighbourhoods and parks in North America, Uplands is an elegant neighbourhood comprising estate-sized lots, lovely winding boulevards, and manicured public spaces. In this neighbourhood, spectacular views are uninterrupted with all city electrical wires buried instead of being strung from pole to pole. The attention to detail, stunning homes and peaceful atmosphere make this exclusive neighbourhood second to none on Vancouver Island for uncompromising luxury and elegance.
This unassuming neighbourhood near downtown Victoria has the unique distinction of being the oldest residential neighbourhood on the west coast of North America, north of San Francisco. Bordered by Beacon Hill Park to the east, the ocean to the south and west and downtown Victoria to the north, this high-density neighbourhood has retained its heritage charm with luxury developments that enhance the desirability and beauty of the neighbourhood. With a strong real estate pricing momentum and good value, James Bay is an excellent place to both live and invest!
Oak Bay and Fairfield
These neighbourhoods to the east of downtown are the embodiment of Victoria with picturesque, tree-lined streets, lush gardens, large heritage homes and charming village centres. Within easy walking distance to many beautiful beaches and the home of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, the exclusive Victoria Golf Club and the upscale Oak Bay Beach Hotel as well as some of the best private and public schools on Vancouver Island, these neighbourhoods are coveted in the Victoria market.
The Saanich Peninsula is Victoria’s idyllic nearby countryside with many of the cities’ farms located here as well as the world-famous Butchart Gardens, and the Swartz Bay ferry terminal for BC Ferries. The charming town of Sidney-by-the-Sea is located on its eastern shore and the beautiful Brentwood Bay on the west overlooking the Saanich Inlet. Known for its beautiful oceanfront homes and luxurious condo and townhouse developments, Saanich is a high value location for anyone looking for a growing real estate investment near Victoria.
On the western shore of south Vancouver Island, lies the district of Sooke. Nestled on the edge of a temperate rainforest, this area boasts some of the most spectacular natural beauty on the south Island and one of the mildest climates in all of Canada. This area is home to many lakes, nature trails, parks and offers an abundance of year round activities such as boating, surfing, whale watching, hiking, horseback riding and fishing. In recent years, Sooke has seen a growth in population and is a fantastic location for investors looking for a high growth area near Victoria.
The Victoria neighbourhood of View Royal embodies the quintessential charm of Vancouver Island living, offering a serene blend of natural beauty and urban convenience. Nestled along the scenic shores of Esquimalt Harbour, this vibrant community boasts a rich historical tapestry intertwined with modern amenities and incredible outdoor recreation. The area’s proximity to downtown Victoria allows for easy access to a bustling cultural scene, while its own local offerings, including quaint shops, cozy cafes, and delectable eateries, create a welcoming small-town ambiance. With its captivating waterfront views and a strong sense of community, the Victoria neighbourhood of View Royal is a fantastic community for investors looking for and area with a strong trajectory of property value appreciation.